Zurich has a lot more going for it than the expected chocolate, cheese, and piles of money. Luxury shops line the Bahnhofstrasse, trendy restaurants serve the best of international fare, and modern offices fit in seamlessly next to charming medieval churches. For all its reputation as a high-finance capital, Zurich is a lot more laid-back than one expects. At any time of day, you can find dozens of locals and tourists strolling along the lake that is clean enough to drink out of, students lounging in the grass of the city's parks, and Zurich's cafes do brisk business 24/7 with plenty of coffee lovers lingering over one last aromatic cup.
Flights to Zurich will take you to style and high fashion, incredible gourmet food, and easy access to some of the best ski slopes in Switzerland. Sip champagne on the deck as you cruise around the lake, take in spectacular views of the city from Uetilberg, and for a night out on the town that you won't soon forget, head to the latest hotspots in Zurich's trendy District 5. Deals and discounts to this incredible city are never more than a few clicks away on FlightNetwork®.
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Zurich Airport (ZRH) is located less than 10 kilometres from the city and is Switzerland's largest hub for international and domestic flights. Airlines which serve this airport include Air Canada, Delta, United, and US Airways, as well as the country's national carrier, Swiss. Air Canada offers direct flights to Zurich from Toronto while Swiss has direct flights from Montreal.
Summertime is best to book Zurich flights if you're looking to enjoy temperatures in the low to mid-20s (Celsius) and spend most of your time outdoors. However, airfares are most expensive between June and August, so book as soon as you can if good weather is a deciding factor for your trip. This is also true for wintertime flights to Zurich which fill up quickly for the Christmas and ski holiday seasons.
Cheap fares are easier to find between March and May or September and November, which constitute the off-peak season for travel to the city. However, remember that average daytime temperatures can range from single digits to 18°C so you will need to pack accordingly.
Zurich Kloten International Airport (ZRH) has two main terminal structures. While Terminal 1 and 2 fall under the same building complex, Terminal E is connected via free shuttle trains that transport passengers between the terminals in approximately two minutes. Since most long-distance flights to Zurich arrive at Terminal E, the train helps cut down on transit times for passengers with connecting flights from Terminals 1 and 2.
Visit the airport website for more information on the ground transportation options listed below.
Hotel Shuttle: Most of Zurich's major hotels offer their guests complimentary shuttle services from the airport. The pick-up areas for these shuttles are located outside Terminals 1 and 2 and you should check with your hotel in advance about the frequency of service.
Train: A rail station is located under the Airport Center and trains to Zurich run every 10 minutes. One-way fares to downtown Zurich cost between $7-10 CAD depending on whether you choose first or second class seats. Tickets can be bought at vending machines or at the counter.
Buses to regional destinations depart from the terminal located near the main airport complex, and passengers can also travel to Zurich's main railway station via Glattalbahn tram services on Route 10. Fares are slightly cheaper than train tickets, but the travel time can be considerably longer.
Airport Shuttle: Although there is no regular shuttle bus service from the airport, many private companies operate coach services in the wintertime which take passengers from the airport to ski resorts in the area. Tickets can be bought at the Service Center near the airport's car park, and prices vary depending on your destination and the company you choose to travel with.
Taxi: Cabs are easily available outsider Terminals 1 and 2, and can also be reserved in advance by telephone. A taxi ride from the airport to the city centre is not cheap, and will cost you approximately $65 CAD.
Car Rental: Car hire companies such as Avis, Budget, National, Sixt, and Hertz operate booking desks on Level 1 of the Airport Center. Companies such as Europcar also offer chauffeured car services, although it is best to book these in advance if you can.
Other: Several companies provide limousine and chauffeured car services from the airport and can be found in the arrivals area of Terminal 1. Booking in advance is advisable, but even if you make a spur of the moment decision to travel in style, there are plenty of limo companies around to make it happen.